STEVE PROHM | HEAD COACH

Steve Prohm (rhymes with Rome) – the 20th head coach in Iowa State men’s basketball history – ranks seventh nationally among active NCAA Division I head coaches with at least five years of experience with a .744 winning percentage. Prohm, who was named ISU’s head coach on June 8th, 2015, has coached the Cyclones to a 47-23 mark and a pair of NCAA Tournament berths in his first two seasons at the helm.

Prohm, a 2017 Skip Prosser Man of the Year finalist, has won 20 or more games in each of his first six seasons as a Division I head coach. He tied Larry Eustachy and Tim Floyd for most wins (47) in the first two seasons as ISU head coach. He joins Floyd as the only ISU coaches to reach the NCAA Tournament their first two seasons.

In his second season in Ames, Prohm coached the Cyclones to a second-place finish in the Big 12, a Big 12 Tournament title and the school’s sixth consecutive NCAA Tournament, which saw them win a game for the second season in a row and the fifth time since 2012.

Iowa State finished 24-11 in 2016-17, including a 12-6 mark in the Big 12 Conference. The regular season was highlighted by an overtime win at Kansas that snapped its 51-game win streak at Allen Fieldhouse, as well as a home win against a top-10 Baylor squad. Only Johnny Orr (12 wins in 14 seasons) and Fred Hoiberg (seven wins in five seasons) have had more wins against the top 10 than Prohm (four).

Prohm coached Monté Morris to All-America honors as a senior, the third player to earn the recognition in his six years as a head coach. Morris was also a unanimous selection to the All-Big 12 first team, joining teammates Nazareth Mitrou-Long (second team), Deonte Burton (third team) and Matt Thomas (honorable mention) as Cyclone honorees. ISU has had a player recognized nine times the last two seasons, matching Kansas for the most in the Big 12.

Under Prohm’s guidance, ISU has been ranked 27 weeks in the Associated Press Top-25, rising to as high as No. 4. The Cyclones finished the 2016-17 season ranked No. 16.

The Cyclones gave fans plenty to cheer about in Prohm’s initial season at Iowa State, which saw him set a school record by winning his first nine games. ISU earned the program’s second-ever win against a top-ranked foe, defeating Oklahoma in front of a raucous crowd at Hilton Coliseum. The win over the Sooners was coupled with a thrilling 20-point come-from-behind victory against Iowa and an impressive 13-point win against a top-5 Kansas squad.

Prohm’s first Cyclone squad saw his top six players earn recognition from the Big 12 Conference, led by Georges Niang being a unanimous selection to the All-Big 12 First Team. Niang had the best year of his career under Prohm’s guidance, finishing second in the Big 12 in scoring and 23rd nationally, on his way to becoming Iowa State’s first men’s basketball two-time All-American. Niang also took home ISU’s second individual national award when he was named the recipient of the Karl Malone Award, given annually to the nation’s top power forward.

Morris earned All-Big 12 Second Team honors and was a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award. Morris’ strong season came on the heels of Prohm’s last point guard at Murray State, Cameron Payne, being named the 2015 Lute Olson National Player of the Year and the No. 14 pick in the NBA Draft by the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Prohm’s success with point guards is well known. In addition to Morris and Payne, Prohm’s first floor general Isaiah Canaan was also a Cousy Award finalist, as well as a finalist for the Oscar Robertson Award. Canaan, an All-American at Murray State, is in his fifth NBA season, most recently with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

He has an impressive track record of his players being drafted and that has continued at Iowa State as Niang and Abdel Nader, who improved his scoring average from 5.8 points to 12.9 points under Prohm’s guidance, were both selected in the second round of the 2016 NBA Draft. The two Cyclone selections made it four Prohm players drafted in his first five seasons as a coach.

Prohm’s four-year stint as the leader of the Murray State program earned him the distinction as one of the nation’s best young coaches. The 42-year-old produced the top winning percentage in school history (.782) while winning two Ohio Valley Conference outright regular-season titles and three conference division championships.

His Racer teams qualified for postseason play three times, advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2012, winning the College Insider Tournament (CIT) in 2014 and making the quarterfinals of the NIT in 2015.

The energetic Prohm, who tutored three OVC Players of the Year in four seasons, has been successful playing an exciting brand of basketball.

Both of his Cyclone teams have ranked among the top-12 in adjusted offensive efficiency and in 2016-17 they made dramatic improvements defensively as well. ISU jumped into the top-50 in adjusted defense for the first time since 2005. The Cyclones also ranked 29th in steals per game, the first time finishing in the top-115 nationally in more than eight seasons.

Prohm, who has 19 years of college coaching experience at five schools (Centenary, Southeastern Louisiana, Tulane, Murray State), helped MSU to one of its best seasons in school history in 2014-15 when he led the team to a 29-6 overall mark, a perfect 16-0 record in conference play and a spot in the NIT.

The Racers won 25-straight games during that season, which was the second-longest winning streak in the nation at the time. Prohm won his second OVC Coach of the Year honor and Payne was named OVC Player of the Year, OVC Male Athlete of the Year and earned third-team All-America honors by CBSSports.com.

In 2013-14, the Racers won the OVC West Division title with a 23-11 record and a 13-3 league mark. His team rallied in the postseason, winning five-straight games to claim the 2014 CIT title, defeating Yale, 65-57 in the championship game.

Prohm’s first season as a head coach in 2011-12 ranks as the best year in Racer hoops history. Led by Canaan, a player Prohm helped recruit, the Racers set the OVC and school record for winning percentage and total wins with a 31-2 record.

The Racers cracked the top-10 in the Associated Press poll for the first time in school history and were the nation’s final unbeaten team, winning their first 23 games. As the No. 6 seed in the NCAA Tournament, MSU defeated Colorado State in the first round.

Prohm’s auspicious debut as a head coach earned him national coach of the year honors from the Basketball Times, the first of his two OVC Coach of the Year awards (2012, 2015) and district coach of the year kudos from both the NABC and USBWA.

Prohm coached nine seasons at MSU, spending five seasons as an assistant for current Texas A&M head coach Billy Kennedy from 2006-11. The Racers made the NCAA Tournament in 2010 and the NIT in 2011 in his final two seasons as an assistant before being promoted to head coach for the 2011-12 season.

Prohm considers Kennedy one of his mentors in the coaching profession. He also worked on Kennedy’s staff at both Centenary and Southeastern Louisiana. In his final two years as an assistant at SLU, the Lions won back-to-back Southland Conference titles and earned an NCAA berth in 2005.

A 1997 graduate of Alabama, Prohm got his start in coaching under David Hobbs, who now serves as Prohm’s special assistant at ISU. He worked as a student assistant coach and student manager for the Crimson Tide for five years, which included two NCAA Tournament appearances and one trip to the NIT Final Four.

The Vienna, Virginia native attended high school at Northwest Whitfield High in Tunnel Hill, Georgia. Prohm and his wife, the former Katie Ross, have a son, Cass, and daughter, Frances.

  PROHM'S COACHING EXPERIENCE
1998-99 Centenary College Assistant Coach
1999-05 Southeastern Louisiana University Assistant Coach
2005-06 Tulane University Assistant Coach
2006-11 Murray State University Assistant Coach
2011-15 Murray State University Head Coach
2016-Present Iowa State University Head Coach
  PROHM'S HEAD COACHING RECORD
2011-12 31-2 Overall 15-1 Conference NCAA 3rd Round  OVC Season & Tourney Champs
2012-13 21-10 Overall 10-6 Conference OVC West Division Champs
2013-14 23-11 Overall 13-3 Conference CIT Champions / OVC West Division Champs
2014-15 29-6 Overall 16-0 Conference NIT Quarterfinals / OVC West Division Champs
2015-16 23-12 Overall 10-8 Conference NCAA Sweet 16
2016-17 24-11 Overall 12-6 Conference NCAA 2nd Round / Big 12 Tournament Champs
Overall 151-52 (.744) 22-14 (.611) 76-24 (.760)